London Events

Opening Reception for Delegates, Guests and Friends

at the Hyde Park Chapel

Open to all - Please RSVP here

Tuesday 5th July

19:00 – 21:00

Please join us for the London Fringe Conference Opening Reception.

A light buffet supper will be served followed by a musical program from the Gospel Rising Choir and other talented performers.

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London Conference
Wednesday 6th July 
10:00-17:15

Schedule
(tentative, subject to change)

10:00 Arrivals and mid-morning refreshments 

11:00  Welcome Session 1 from President Alan Phillips, Second Counsellor in the Europe North Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Traci de Marco, Europe North Area Organisation Advisor of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

11:15   Session 2  - Plenary 1 - Why Gender and Youth Matters in FoRB and Conflict

  • Chair: Dr Sam Rushworth

    • Dr Rhoda, (Executive Director of Scripture Union West Africa (SUWA))

    • Rahima Mahmut (UK Director of the Uyghur World Congress)

    • Audrey Kitagawa (International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation)

    • Helene Fisher, (Global Gender Persecution Specialist for Open Doors)

    • Kimberlie Orr (University of Notre Dame Keough School for Global Affairs)

12:05   Session 3

  • Theme two - Gendered FoRB Violations

    • Chair: Emily Winkley, Christian Solidarity Worldwide

    • Helene Fisher, Open Doors

    • Gulalai Ismail, Chair of Aware Girls, Global Ambassador for Humanists International 

    • Shno Qane, Programme Officer at Peace & Freedom Organisation

    • Khalida Bakr Khalaf, Student

  • Theme three - Youth Approaches to FoRB

    • Chair: Dr Maryyum Mehmood - socio-political analyst, cultural commentator and interfaith mentor.

    • Youth delegates panel:

      • Matty Yaqo, Sector Coordinator for Advocacy on Iraqi Minority Rights with Christian Aid Programme Northern Iraq (CAPNI).

      • Charity Badung, Student of History and International Studies at University of Jos, Nigeria.

      • Maryam Mahmud, Student of Chemistry Education in the University of Jos, Nigeria.

      • Dalia Goodhart, Programme Manager - Search for Common Ground.

      • Kessy Ekomo-Soignet, Founder and Chef Executive Officer of Peace and Development Watch Central African Republic (PDW-CAR) and Founder of NGO URU. Trustee of Peace Direct.

  • Theme four - Digital Spaces​

    • Rawan Tahboub, Programme Officer at Sharing Perspectives Foundation and Phd candidate at Friedrich Schiller University

  • Theme five - Interreligious dialogue

    • Chair: Katharine Thane, Peacebuilding & Religious Freedom Policy Coordinator at Tearfund

    • Surale Rosen, Founder and Head of Matan Women’s online Halakhic Responsa Project

    • Gadhir Hani, Steering Committee of 'Women Waging Peace', Recipient of the Israeli Hope Award

    • Haleemah Ahmad, Senior Research Associate and Chief Editor, Da’wah Institute of Nigeria, Islamic Education Trust

12:50   Session 4    

  • Theme one - FoRB & positive gender identities

    • Chair: Emily Winkley, Christian Solidarity Worldwide

    • Helene Fisher, Open Doors

    • Kenneth Ameh, 'Power of Voices' project manager within Jisra programme, Peacebuilding Officer for Rural Development Counsellors for Christian Churches in Africa (RURCON)

  •  Theme three - Youth Approaches to FoRB

    • Youth delegates panel:

      • Matty Yaqo, Sector Coordinator for Advocacy on Iraqi Minority Rights with Christian Aid Programme Northern Iraq (CAPNI).

      • Charity Badung, Student of History and International Studies at University of Jos, Nigeria.

      • Maryam Mahmud, Student of Chemistry Education in the University of Jos, Nigeria.

      • Dalia Goodhart, Programme Manager - Search for Common Ground.

      • Kessy Ekomo-Soignet, Founder and Chef Executive Officer of Peace and Development Watch Central African Republic (PDW-CAR) and Founder of NGO URU. Trustee of Peace Direct.

  • Theme five - Interreligious dialogue

    • Chair: Katharine Thane, Peacebuilding & Religious Freedom Policy Coordinator at Tearfund

    • Surale Rosen, Founder and Head of Matan Women’s online Halakhic Responsa Project

    • Gadhir Hani, Steering Committee of 'Women Waging Peace', Recipient of the Israeli Hope Award

    • Haleemah Ahmad, Senior Research Associate and Chief Editor, Da’wah Institute of Nigeria, Islamic Education Trust

13:30   Buffet Lunch and networking in Exhibit Hall 

15:00   Session 5    

  • Plenary 1 - Mosaic Middle East - Iraq report - Cultural hall - Check who to lead/intro​

  • Plenary 2 - Christian Solidarity Worldwide -  Women in Latin America ​

15:45   Session 6    

  • Theme one - FoRB & positive gender identities

    • Chair: Emily Winkley, CSW

    • Helene Fisher, Open Doors

    • Kenneth

  • Theme five - Interreligious dialogue

    • Chair: Kat (TF)

    • Surale 

    • Gadhir 

    • Haleemah

16:30   Session 7: Freedom of Religion or Belief – Women and the Law

  • Holly Hinckley Lesan (International Center for Law and Religion Studies, BYU Law School)

  • Amy Andrus (International Center for Law and Religion Studies, BYU Law School)

  • Dishani Jayweera

  • Kimberlie Orr (University of Notre Dame Keough School for Global Affairs)

17:10   Session 8  

Wrap up/conclusion

  • Emma Dipper

17:30   Conference Wrap up and Close 

Location:

Hyde Park Chapel

64 - 68 Exhibition Rd

 London

SW7 2PA

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Parliamentary Sessions - By invitation only
Tuesday 5th July

9:45 – 13:15

Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster

For MPs, Peers and their staff 

Sponsored by the International Centre for Law and Religious Studies, BYU Law School; Hosted by Fleur Anderson MP (Labour) and Lord Sheikh (Conservative), Chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, Jim Shannon MP (Democratic Unionist) Chair of the APPG for FoRB: International Freedom of Religion or Belief; and Lord Jeremy Purvis (Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson).

 

09:45-11:00 Preventing Violence, Promoting Freedom of Belief – an overview

Chair: Lord Jeremy Purvis

09:50: Keynote: Professor Cole Durham, President of the G20 Interfaith Forum

10:00: Panel Discussion: Why does gender & youth matter? With Surale Rosen (Jewish, Israel), Dr Rhoda Udanyi (Christian, Nigeria), Khalida Bakr Khalaf (Yazidi, Iraq) (Matty as back-up), Gadir Hani (Muslim, Israel-Palestine), and Gulalai Ismail (Humanist, Pakistan). 

 

10:50: Hon Minister Virginie Baikoua (Christian, Central African Republic), and Binta Mamadou (Muslim, Central African Republic).


11:00-12:15 – Legal Frameworks for Preventing Violence and Promoting Religious Freedom

Chair: Fleur Anderson MP 

11:00: Panel Discussion: Elder Quentin L. Cook, (former lawyer, and Apostle of The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints); Baroness Helena Kennedy (Labour Peer, and International Bar Association Human Rights Institute); Professor Marcus Cole (Dean, University of Notre Dame Law School); Yamini Ravindran (attorney-at-law, Director for Legal and Advocacy at the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka).

11:45: Professor Brett Scharffs, Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, BYU Law School, on ‘Human Dignity’.  

 

11:50: Exhibition of women and youth in interfaith peacebuilding, and buffet lunch.

12:00-13:10 – Youth and Women, Building Peace Across the Divide  

Chair: Fleur Anderson MP

12:00: Launch of a special fund for women and youth interfaith peacebuilders 

12:20: Panel discussion with youth and women working across the conflict divide and leading the struggle for peace – chaired by Fleur Anderson MP (Chair of the APPG for Prevention of Genocide). With Dishani Jayaweera (Buddhist, Sri Lanka), Kessy Ekomo (Christian, Central African Republic), Haleema Ahmad (Muslim, Nigeria) /Kenneth (Christian, Nigeria), Non-religious from Bosnia, Dalia Goodhardt

(Jewish, Israeli). 

13:00: Closing Keynote: Professor Stephanie Hall Barclay (Director, Religious Liberty Initiative, University of Notre Dame Law School)

Location:

Portcullis House

1 Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JR

QEII Fringe Event
Tuesday 5th July

15:30

We warmly invite anyone with a delegate pass to this fringe event.

Chair: Emma Dipper, Chair, Gender and Freedom of Religion or Belief Working Group, UK FoRB Forum

Panellists:

  • Professor Stephanie Hall Barclay (Director, Religious Liberty Initiative, University of Notre Dame Law School)

  • Yamini Ravindran (Director of Legal & Advocacy, NCEASL

  • Rozana Isa (Executive Director, Sisters in Islam)

  • Shno Qane (Programme Officer, Peace & Freedom Organisation)